Thursday, 23 April 2009

'The Big Man Returns' - Big Narstie (mixtape review)

Large Londoner Big Narstie is back for the latest in his line of mixtapes: ‘The Big Man Returns’. It seems that this man can ride any beat and make it sound pretty good. Most of the beats here err on the grime side although the title alone of ‘Hip-Hop Miner’ makes it clear where he feels he stands.

As a member of N.A.A. (N-Dubz South) that “Na Na Nye” was bound to pierce the air somewhere and I hate to admit but the collabo is pretty catchy. Fellow N.A.A.-ers Solo and L.Man also feature as do big-in-the-gamers Giggs, Wretch 32 and Scorcher.

Big Narstie’s trademark “Hello Hi” punctuates this mixtape as he raps with poise on the classic bravado, lyrical tip. Not all of the lyrical content is to my taste but I’m just one man - this is hype-up music, don’t expect much of a message; just grimace to the likes of ‘Wildout’ and the looming '45 Remix’.

‘The Big Man Returns’ is out now on UK Runnings and can be bought here.

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